Furniture Finishers apply finishes, such as stain, lacquer, paint, oil and varnish, to furniture, and polish and wax finished furniture surfaces.

Specialisations: French Polisher.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in timber furniture finishing is needed to work as a Furniture Finisher. Furniture Finishers often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Studies drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications.
  • Determines tool and machine requirements and sequence of operations.
  • Sets up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding.
  • Operates machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces.
  • Removes old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping.
  • Applies varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishes and waxes finished surfaces.

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  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Furniture Finishers

  • 690 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Furniture Finishers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 860 in 2011 to 690 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Furniture Finishers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing56.1
Other Services18.9
Construction13.4
Retail Trade4.4
Other Industries7.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFurniture FinishersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.831.6
VIC24.725.6
QLD16.420.0
SA12.87.0
WA11.210.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.41.0
ACT1.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFurniture FinishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.6-5.05.0
20-2410.1-9.39.3
25-3417.4-22.922.9
35-4421.9-22.022.0
45-5424.2-21.621.6
55-599.5-9.09.0
60-648.2-6.06.0
65 and Over4.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFurniture FinishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV59.3-21.121.1
Year 1213.0-18.118.1
Year 115.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below17.2-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in timber furniture finishing is needed to work as a Furniture Finisher. Furniture Finishers often complete a certificate III or IV.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    27% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Education and training

    24% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Public safety and security

    24% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Chemistry

    22% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  5. Building and construction

    22% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

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The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Exposure to contaminants

    98% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Dangerous conditions

    97% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    95% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Spend time standing

    94% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    93% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

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